In 2012 the Spanish national football team made history as they outclassed Italy in the Euro 2012 final, thrashing them 4-0, winning the tournament and adding to their 2012 World Cup success, making them both world and European champions at the same time.
2018 saw another European club in France become the World Cup champions, overcoming Croatia in the final, but how likely is it they will follow in the footsteps of European rivals Spain and back this glory up by becoming the European champions in 2020?
The last time France won the World Cup in 1998, they followed this up with a win in the Euros in 2000 and they will be looking to repeat this double success in 2020. They are already early favourites to win the Euro 2020 competition and are already at odds of 5/1 with many bookies to do so at the competition whose final is set to take place at Wembley, England. The tournament will be played in summer 2020, starting on 12th June, with the final scheduled to take place a month later on the 12th July. For the first time in the history of the competition it will be held across 12 different European cities which including London are Munich, Budapest, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Dublin, Bucharest, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Baku and Copenhagen.
Other teams who will be looking to succeed at this tournament include the likes of Germany, who shockingly excited the 2018 World Cup at the group stage, after winning the 2014 tournament and can be backed at 6/1 and the likes of Belgium, who impressed many by reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 tournament, who are at 7/1 in most places. Spain, who will also be looked to bounce back from a disappointing last 16 exit are quite favoured already to do well in 2020 at 6/1.
The France squad is a young and hungry one, with many potential stars not even making the cut for this year’s World Cup. Manager Didier Dechamps has a wealth of talent at his disposal and has his team very well drilled at the back, but with the likes of Kylian Mbappe in attack they are absolutely devastating on the counter attack and this proved too much for the majority of their opposition. He was the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele and he is touted as becoming the next Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar in the footballing world.
France has an extremely talented, young team and they already are now experienced in tournament football at a young age; so there is every chance they will follow up their World Cup win with success in the Euro 2020 tournament and possibly even look to dominate the national state in the upcoming years. Hopefully it will not be tempting fate to mention that fans and pundits alike are already talking about their chances of retaining the title in the World Cup 2026 tournament.
The next World Cup is already in the news for the new format that it will be adopting and there is an ongoing debate as to whether the tournament now made up of 48 teams and it being co-hosted will have any major impact on the quality and excitement. It goes without saying there are various opinions on these matters, but I suspect that we are all hoping that it does not take away from the game and future winners of this great event.